As they work with Ottchil every day, the quality of their art continues to get better and better.
Artists Kim Nayeon and Kim Aram both studied Ottchil in college though they came to find the practice in two different ways. Kim Aram started off as a metal worker, but she found the medium cold and devoid of life. She gravitated towards the warmth of wood and then to Ottchil, the traditional practice of painting natural lacquer onto wood to make it resistant to water, bacteria and insects. Ottchil takes the natural sap from the Ott tree and with patience, is brushed onto wood in hundreds of thin layers in order to expand its uses. Kim Aram’s partner Kim Nayeon always loved wood, and started off by studying furniture making. While she loved wood, lugging the lumber was too hard on her body – the physicality of the medium made her reconsider a different way of working with wood. The two friends started their Ottchil practice together five years ago. Kim Aram and Kim Nayeon true expertise comes from repeatedly working on their technique. As they work with Ottchil every day, the quality of their art continues to get better and better. Each coat of ottchil makes the piece darker and glossier. Every day the artists do one coat and their pieces can take up to two months to finish as they continue to coat each layer slowly. It takes extraordinary patience to work with Ottchil.